Yay for Y

Objective

Associate the uppercase letter Y and lowercase letter y with the /y/ sound as in yell, yellow, and yak.

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • yellow
  • yell
  • yay

Materials:

  • Letter Y graphic
  • Beanbag or soft toy
  • Picture cards
  • Ribbon graphics
  • Yellow crayon or marker
  • Writing practice page

Overview
The children will yell, “Yay for Y!” in a game as they practice saying the /y/ sound in words such as yesterday, yam, and yogurt.

Literacy Activities
Yell, “Yay for Y!”

  • Tape the letter Y graphic to the wall.
  • Have the children try to hit the Y by throwing a beanbag or soft toy.
  • Tell the children to yell, “Yay for Y!” when they hit the Y with the beanbag.
  • Tape the picture cards to the wall around the letter Y.
  • Help the children read the word on each card, emphasizing that each word begins with the letter Y, which makes the /y/ sound.
  • Allow the children to try to hit the picture cards with the beanbag.
  • Tell the children to yell, “Yippee! Yay for Y!” when they hit a picture card or the large Y with the beanbag.
  • Award the children a ribbon graphic for playing the Y game.
  • Help the children write the letter Y on the ribbon and point out that the letter Y makes the /y/ sound.
  • Let the children color their ribbon yellow, then have them find the letter Y in the word yellow on a crayon or marker.

More Practice
Identify the target letter

  • Make a list of words that begin with the letter Y (e.g., yellow, yippee, yell, yarn, yogurt).
  • Have the children circle the letter Y at the beginning of each word.
  • Read the list together as a group, emphasizing the /y/ sound (e.g., /y/, /y/, yarn).

Write the target letter

  • Help the children write the uppercase letter Y and lowercase letter y on a writing practice page.
  • Allow the children to draw a picture of something that starts with the /y/ sound in the space below the letters (e.g., yarn, yo-yo, yogurt).

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Objective
Associate the uppercase letter Y and lowercase letter y with the /y/ sound as in yell, yay, and yellow.

Materials

  • Picture cards 
  • Ribbon graphic
  • Beanbag or soft toy
  • Yellow crayon or marker

Activity: Yell, "Yay for Y!"

  • Help your child write a large letter Y on a sheet of paper, then attach the paper to a wall.
  • Let your child try to hit the Y by throwing a beanbag or a soft toy at the Y.
  • Show your child the picture cards and help him or her read the word on each card.
  • Point out that each word begins with the letter Y, which makes the /y/ sound.
  • Tape the picture cards to the wall around the letter Y.
  • Allow your child to try to hit the pictures with the beanbag.
  • Tell your child to yell, "Yay for Y!" when he or she hits a picture card or the large Y with the beanbag.
  • Award your child a ribbon graphic for playing the Y game.
  • Help your child write the letter Y on the ribbon and point out that the letter Y makes the /y/ sound.
  • Have your child find the letter Y in the word yellow on the crayon or marker and then let him or her color the ribbon yellow.
  • Repeat the activity as desired.
 

Picture Cards and Ribbon

Standards

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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.

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